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Top Cisco Partner Headlines: New Tools for 2012, Innovations, Bulletproof Networks, and More!

…eck out our new whitepaper, The Branch Office: Why Cisco, Not Juniper. 3:05 Power up Your Profits with Connected Grid Are you looking to power up your profits in 2012? Well, the newly expanded Connected Grid portfolio of solutions and services can help you do just that. With the Connected Grid portfolio, you can offer customers the end-to-end intelligence they need to update the world’s electrical grids. Want to get in on the action? Head to thi…


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How Will the Aerotropolis Define the Successful City of the Future?

I recently participated in a session at the 6th annual Global Competitiveness Forum, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The overall theme of the event focused on the positive impact of competition on economic and social development around the world. More specifically, I spoke on the emergence of the aerotropolis and the opportunities it presents for the development of cities. As a concept developed by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay in their book “…


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Bringing Wired and Wireless Broadband Together

…-based Broadband Breakfasts in the past, when their panels have discussed issues such as rural broadband and the smart grid; I’ve also written about wireless spectrum here. The speakers on this particular panel, which took place after a highly successful Consumer Electronics Show, were somewhat homogenous: four heads of industry trade association leaders, including Fred B. Campbell Jr. of the Wireless Communications Association International, Wal…


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Welcome Dirk Schlesinger, IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

…eam, Dirk has chaired the IBSG Asia Pacific team and was instrumental in starting a  cross-Cisco team focused on Smart Vehicles. While working with utility customers at BCG, Schlesinger encountered the concept of the Smart Grid, a platform that facilitates large-scale inclusion of renewable energy sources like solar or wind into the traditional power grid and makes electricity supply more reliable and clean. Later, his work on Smart Grid turned i…


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SCADA Syndrome and Lifelong Education

…toward the future. What should we expect next? The next big things on the horizon are Internet of Things (IoT), smart metering, smart grids, and home appliances. Lucky for us it seems that we will not have to wait 20 years for security to become an integral part in these areas. A lot of attention is being paid to the security aspects of the protocols that are being used in these upcoming areas (IoT, metering, grid and appliances), but that is on…